DENHAM SPRINGS – A Live Oak High student who helped organize a relief mission to Ruston after a tornado hit was honored by the Kiwanis Club of Denham Springs.

Cade Capena was the recipient of the Mike Dowty Memorial Kiwanis Club Scholarship, one of three presented annually by the club, now renamed for three long-time Kiwanis Club members.

Other recipients were Max Brown, of Denham Springs High, Earle Benton Kiwanis Club Scholarship, and Nicholas “Nico” Budde, of Live Oak High, George Driggers Memorial Kiwanis Club Scholarship.

“Each year, Kiwanis presents three scholarships to Key Club students who have done outstanding service to their school, Key Club and their community,” said Luderick Hidalgo, who led the scholarship selection committee.

“Part of Kiwanis is about serving children around the world and in our community.”

“Cade got a lot of things done with his Key Club. He initiated a lot of things,” Hidalgo said.

“Through his leadership and involvement in Key Club, he has worked with Denham Strong, Mighty Moms and the Foster Village,” he said. “Just last week, Cade organized a group of Key Club members who went to Ruston to help with recovery cleanup efforts after a tornado hit that city,” Hidalgo said.

Capena, with a grade-point average of 4.355 and a score of 33 on the ACT, plans on attending LSU, then going to medical school.

He said he plans on becoming a doctor, possibly a neurosurgeon.

Capena has served as president of the Key Club since his sophomore year.

He helped start his school’s Robotics Club and is its president, while also being involved with the Debate and Beta clubs.

He was named the Live Oak High Student of the Year and Livingston Parish High School Student of the Year.

He also received the President’s Award for Excellence, School Volunteer Scholarship and AP Scholar with Distinction.

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